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Sci-Fi Saturday: Batman, Watchmen, Fringe, Torchwood, Heroes, Daisies, Terminator + more August 30, 2008

by Rosario T. Calabria , Filed under: Sci-Fi , trackback

For movie news this week there isn’t much, except maybe the rumor about Cher in the next Batman (no kidding). We also have some new movie vids and pics, but the real news this week is with the Fall TV season with lots of images, videos and scoops to get you all going for that small screen genre goodness. 

MOVIE NEWS

Dark Knight big (but not in Japan) + Sequel Updates and Rumors
"The Dark Knight"
has passed the $490M domestic mark and has taken in more than $400M overseas pushing its worldwide total past $900M. But there’s something interesting to note overseas as the movie isn’t doing as well as expected in Japan, brining in less than "Batman Begins." Japanese film critic Chika Minagawa explains why: "The story is very pessimistic. It has a dark and gloomy texture that Japanese movie fans do not find appealing in a ‘comic hero’ film… Japanese movie fans expect such films to be fun and action packed, for the hero to be attractive, for the villain to be loud and outrageous, and for the movie itself to be easy to understand and light." We’ve also got an update on the sequel, THR  reports both Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures are just waiting for director Christopher Nolan to come back from vacation and bring them a "story and a plan". 

"There are a lot of us who emotionally would love to do it," Producer Roven says. "But it’s really Chris’ call. Chris is the kind of filmmaker who just doesn’t think about the next movie before he has completely finished the movie he is working on."

And here is a left field casting rumor, the British newspaper The Telegraph (citing a studio source) is reporting that Cher is "Nolan’s first choice" for the role of the Catwoman: “He wants to her to portray her like a vamp in her twilight years,” says the Telegraph’s source. “The new Catwoman will be the absolute opposite of Michelle Pfeiffer and Halle Berry’s purring creations.”


The next Catwoman?

Outlander Going Straight-to-video?
The Jim Caviezel-led Sci-Fi film "Outlander" appears to be headed straight-to-video, that according to a report from Dread Central.  The Weinstein Company holds distribution rights to the Howard McCain-directed $47M film.  Dark Horizons notes that the fate of the film had been undecided for some time, but now Movies Unlimited is listing the film available for pre-order for a November 18th street date.  Considering the nearly $50M price tag, it seems very odd that TWC would dump it off on DVD.  In fact, /Film was directed to a post on Outlander.solsector.net which reveals that the studio is contractually obligated to give the film at least a limited theatrical release: “There’s been no confirmation about the DVD date and nearest myself and one of the producers can tell there really isn’t a date set for the DVD much less a theatrical release. Plus, The Weinstein Company is contractually obligated to give outlander at least a limited theatrical release.”

Babylon A.D. Director Disappointed + Diesel Wants 2  More Riddick Sequels
Matthieu Kassovitz, director of "Babylon A.D." is disappointed in the final product: "I’m very unhappy with the film… I never had a chance to do one scene the way it was written or the way I wanted it to be. The script wasn’t respected. Bad producers, bad partners, it was a terrible experience."  Kassovitz added that he "should have chosen a studio that has guts" and that the studio was "just trying to get a PG-13 movie."  Read the rest of the director’s comments at AMC.  Meanwhile, Vin Diesel, who stars in the film, recently told MTV that he expects there to be not one, but two more sequels to "The Chronicles of Riddick":  “David Twowy right now is writing the scripts. The only question is whether we take a page from the ‘Lord of the Rings’ guys and try to shoot the two chapters at the same time. There are two more in mind,” he said.  Diesel said “Everyone knows I love the Riddick character and I’m always working on it,” Diesel asserted. “It just takes five years to make another one because David Twohy and I are so precious about it.”

New Watchmen Plot Synopsis
Warner Bros. has released a new plot synopsis for "Watchmen", check it out below.  Also, if you’re interested in an easy-to-read, yet comprehensive, analysis of the 20th Century Fox v. Warner Bros. lawsuit head on over to the New York Times.

A complex, multi-layered mystery adventure, Watchmen is set in an alternate 1985 America in which costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, and the "Doomsday Clock" – which charts the USA’s tension with the Soviet Union – is permanently set at five minutes to midnight. When one of his former colleagues is murdered, the washed-up but no less determined masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his former crime-fighting legion—a ragtag group of retired superheroes, only one of whom has true powers—Rorschach glimpses a wide-ranging and disturbing conspiracy with links to their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the future. Their mission is to watch over humanity…but who is watching the Watchmen?

NEW IMAGES

The Day The Earth Stood Still

Legend of the Seeker

Saw V

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (set photos–read a set report at this link and check out more images here)

Watchmen (SET Magazine Covers–source of scans)

NEW VIDEOS

Max Payne


'Max Payne' Theatrical Trailer @ Yahoo! Video

MOVIE BITES

CASTING BITES

TV NEWS

Orci, Kurtzman and Abrams Talk Fringe
Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and J.J. Abrams talked about the Fox drama "Fringe" with SCI FI Wire at the Manhattan premiere of the show.  Here are some highlights:

SCI FI Wire: How did this show come together?
Orci: I call this a planned pregnancy. Which means we literally said, "Let’s sit down in a room together and create a show." And the three of us just sat down for weeks on end and just went through the history of our TV loves and our movie loves and just–planned pregnancy. So it was all three of us.

SCI FI Wire: You would say this is a science fiction series first and foremost, where X-Files was supernatural?
Orci: Yeah, the title itself refers to fringe science, so I think the idea is to keep it so that it’s maybe a couple of minutes in the future, but not weeks in the future, not years. We’re trying to do what you can read any of the tech science parts of the newspaper nowadays, and there’s just really strange articles in there that 10 years ago would have been, you know, unbelievable, and now it’s like "Oh, the Pentagon has an invisibility cloak." It’s like "What?" You know?

SCI FI Wire: How much of the mythology do you figure out before the show actually starts? Or is it make it up as you go, as you write the show?
Kurtzman: There’s a large mythology that we all kind of decided on when we wrote the pilot, and we knew that when we went to series we were going to have to reach a certain end point. That end point’s very flexible in terms of when we get there. If they let us run for 12 seasons, you’ll see it in season 12. If they take us off the air by nine episodes, you’ll see it in episode nine. So, um, there’s a lot of room there.
Orci: Yeah, we were lucky to actually figure it out early. Sometimes you don’t figure it out early; you kind of find it as you go, and this time we really do have a plan. … [It’s a lesson we learned from] Alias. We learned it from Alias. We learned a lot from Alias. …

Abrams was asked about his future involvement in the series and said he’ll be as involved as is necessary. SCI FI Wire has several other articles up on the show including an interview with star Joshua Jackson (here) and the site’s exclusive sneak peak behind-the-scenes of the series here.

Third Season of Torchwood Underway + Big-Screen Who
Filming for the shortened third season of "Torchwood" is now underway.  The "Doctor Who" spinoff from creator Russell T. Davies is scheduled to return to BBC America (where its the network’s highest-rated series of all time) in 2009.  The third season is entitled "Torchwood: Children of Earth" and will contain just five episodes.  "The new series of Torchwood is hugely bold and promises to be bigger and better than ever the audience is in for an amazing ride. This series is one big serial and the most ambitious story we’ve ever made, and we’ve got plenty of surprises in store," Davies said. Meanwhile, new "Doctor Who" showrunner Steven Moffat told THR that he would be interested in developing a new film version of the TV series:
"It would be good to see it in the cinema so long as it is great and fantastic. I’m not against it … so long as it never gets in the way of the TV show. If it got in the way of the show that would be appalling" said Moffat.  Moffat takes over as showrunner of "Doctor Who" in 2010 when the show returns after a short episodic break in 2009 in which only TV movies will air.

Heroes Season Premiere Description Released
NBC has released the descriptions for the first two hours of the third season premiere of "Heroes" (Monday, September 22nd at 9pm ET).  Here are the partial descriptions, click here to read the entire description for both episodes.

Headey and Friedman Talk Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles
"Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles"
star Lena Headley and producer Josh Friedman held a conference call about the upcoming second season of the series.  Here are some highlights, courtesy i09:

Pushing Daisies Promotional Tour
ABC is launching a cross-country promotional tour (called "Touch of Wonder") to give fans of "Pushing Daisies" a hands-on experience with the show.  An Airstream trailer resembling The Pie Hole (pictured below) will be hitting several destinations across the country offering visitors free pie and allowing them the opportunity to check out props from the series and watch footage from the show on plasma TV sets.  You can keep track of the Pie Hole’s journeys via a newly-launched website, PushingDaisiesTour.com.

TV IMAGES

Eli Stone

Fringe (more at this link)

Heroes

Knight Rider (Promo photos–more at this link)

Pushing Daisies (more at here and here)

 

TV VIDEO

Fringe (Featurette–more videos here, here, here and here)

Heroes (Season Two "Untold Stories" and Deleted Scene–click here for a season two preview video and click here, here, here and here for some Canadian promos)

Knight Rider (Paul Campbell Interview more videos here)

The Resistance (Web series–Details at this link)

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (Richard T. Jones Interview–click here for an interview with Brian Austin Green and click here for more videos)

True Blood (click here for clip from the pilot episode and here for another clip)

TV BITES

MISC BITES

SCI-FI RATINGS

Top 10 SF&F Broadcast Shows   HH Rating
1)
Ghost Whisperer (R)  
2.5
2)
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (R)
1.6
3) Supernatural (R) 1.2
4) Smallville (R) 1.1
6) Reaper (R) 0.8

8/4/2008 to
8/10/2008
– Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report via SCI FI Wire

Top 10 SF&F Syndicated Shows   Rating
1) Star Trek 0.8
2) Stargate SG-1 0.7
3) The Dead Zone 0.6
4) Stargate Atlantis 0.6

8/4/2008 to
8/10/2008
– Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report via SCI FI Wire

Top 10 SCI FI CHANNEL Shows   Rating  
1) Eureka 1.9
2) Monster Park 1.7
3)
Ghost Hunters International
1.6
4)
ECW
1.4
5)
Scare Tactics
1.2

6) The Shaft
1.1

7) Saw II   
1.0
8) Ritual    1.0
9) Manticore    1.0
10) The Scorpion King    1.0

8/4/2008 to
8/10/2008
– Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report via SCI FI Wire

Comments

1. Sir Martman - August 30, 2008

I cant wait to see “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”

:-)

2. Harry Ballz - August 30, 2008

Casting Cher as Catwoman in the next Batman film would be a HUGE mistake!

She was NEVER any good, even back in her “prime”!

Can’t they find someone with talent?

3. Thomas - August 31, 2008

Harry Ballz,
Nolan has made a habit of making unexpected casting choices with these movies. Think about it, when you first heard Christian Bale was cast, were you certain he was the right choice? I know a huge Batman fan who was very nervous about Bale’s casting, saw Batman Begins, and said he was perfect for the role. Don’t forget, a lot of people weren’t too sure about Heath Ledger either when he was first announced, and now people are saying he should get an Oscar for The Dark Knight. Nolan likes to surprise the audience, so I wouldn’t discount Cher just yet. Nolan seems to enjoy casting unexpected actors, while simultaneously gettine tremendous performances out of them.

4. Mr. Pointy - August 31, 2008

I ‘m still not convinced about Cher being Catwoman, even if Nolan’s motivations are interesting. The ‘vamp in twilight years’ thing would be cool, in a Batman: The Dark Knight Returns way.

I think Catherine Keener or Famke Janssen would work as that kind of Catwoman, since they’re both attractive but kinda getting on in the years, if you know what I mean.

5. South African Dude - August 31, 2008

Thomas,

That may be so, but Cher?

No way. Is he planning a catwoman in the sense of a crazy geriatric pensioner with 200 cats hanging around her foul smelling apartment?

Jessica Alba could pull it off nicely, put a little of that ‘dark anger’ magic on the screen.

Cher is an icon, but she’s no oscar winning actress.

6. Boborci - August 31, 2008

#1.

Hope you like it!

7. South African Dude - August 31, 2008

#6.

You guys do amazing work.

Trek will be brilliant, and I also look forward to Transformers 2.

Then their’s Fringe. It like candy falling from the sky.

Off the record, do you think their’s a new star trek series somewhere in some pipeline, a hint of it?

8. Charles Trotter - August 31, 2008

By the way, the Catwoman/Cher rumor is fake. Cher was one of the top candidates for the role of Catwoman back in the 1990s, along with Danny DeVito as Penguin (who got the role) and Robin Williams as The Riddler (who was interested when the time came, but backed out due to script concerns).

The news item reporting Cher being “Nolan’s first choice” simply recycled that old bit of news and mixed it with the rumors the have been circling the Dark Knight sequel (i.e. Johnny Depp as the Riddler). I was actually very surprised that sites like Rotten Tomatoes reported this as serious news considering it’s very obviously made up.

9. Jeffrey S. Nelson - August 31, 2008

David Duchovny needs to focus on reality.

10. The Last Maquis - August 31, 2008

Oh god!! I forgot, Orci and Kurtzman are writing Transformers 2.
whew!! I kept thinking it was all just Bay and co. we’ve got nothing to worry about.

Good that we don’t have to worry about Cher as Cat woman too.
I mean Yikes!!

11. CanuckLou - August 31, 2008

@3 – Thomas, fans were screaming for Bale to be Batman long before Nolan entered the scene. There was much joy and relief when Nolan tapped Bale to be Batman.

Casting Cher as CatWoman is a totally fabricated and groundless rumour.

12. Captain Presley - August 31, 2008

Cast rumors for The Dark Knight sequel are so ridiculous. Nolan hasn’t even pitched an idea to Warners, let alone have a script yet. He never has started casting until he has a script.

13. crazydaystrom - August 31, 2008

Cher would not be my first choice for Catwoman but under Nolan’s direction I thinh she could be extraordinary in the role.

Or-

We could end up with a Spiderman3/Terminator3/Xmen3/Superman3/Godfather3-type disappointment (heaven forbid!)

The three-quel curse seems to be a powerful one.

14. cmdrR - August 31, 2008

If Chris Nolan needs an extra year to turn out another masterpiece, then so be it. Bravo! (And the Japanese do so like dark stories. But, they don’t like the Chinese, and both Batman movies have gone to China.)

Cher as Catwoman! Great idea. I was just thinking, as I rolled up my jacket sleeves and hopped in my K-car how hot Cher would be as Catwoman. Wait, you say it’s 2008, not 1985? Then that would mean all of her plastic surgery has melted and she looks as horrifying as Michael Jackson! Yikes!

It’s Sam Rockwell, not Rocknell, btw. Excellent actor.

Would someone please remind Vin Diesel that he was once in a very good movie called “Saving Private Ryan.” 2 more Riddick movies? phphphphphph.

If they marginalize the super hot chick playing Sarah Connor, I’m done with Terminator TV. Summer Glau is probably a good actress, but she’s kinda pouty and teen angsty for my tastes. (Lust, I mean.)

When is Torchwood coming to a Dish station I already get? Hopefully, it will someday replace the dreadful kiddie fodder that is the Adventures of Sarah Jane Smith. (Loved Elizabeth Sladen in the 70’s, but yikes… this looks like it was produced on a 70s BBC budget back then and hidden until now. And don’t get me started on her acting these days.)

Tina Fey making a movie that sounds like it was just made a couple of years ago? What a shockers. I think she’s terribly overrated.

Getting more psyched about Watchmen. Somehow, lawsuits make me think someone thinks this will make money. I love the idea in any case.

In any case, thanks for the roundup, Rosario.

15. Jordan - August 31, 2008

Does anyone else think Fringe looks like an uninteresting X-Files clone?

16. Kevin from Akron - August 31, 2008

*sigh* Another Batman movie with Catwoman. I was really hoping that Mr. Nolan would be more responsible and forget that character. It has already been done twice, with very negative results. If he does another Catwoman story, I hope that it is written with style and intellect, not the way it was done in the past.

17. Holy Roller - August 31, 2008

#5 – “Cher is an icon, but she’s no oscar winning actress.”

Uh, actually she IS! (Best Actress – Moonstruck)

18. Andy Patterson - August 31, 2008

Hmmm,

Maybe I have some Japanese blood in me because I seem to be the only “Westerner” who feels the same way they do about the Batman film. Maybe I’ll ask my Mom if there’s something I should know.

19. DaveO - August 31, 2008

5. South African Dude – August 31, 2008
“…Cher is an icon, but she’s no oscar winning actress.”

http://tinyurl.com/5l7scl

That linki will take you to a picture of Cher holding her Oscar® for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in “Moonstruck.”

If that doesn’t make her an Oscar® winning actress, I don’t know what does.

20. SPB - August 31, 2008

HOW COME NO ONE IS REALIZING…

…that the Catwoman/Cher rumor is coming from a BRITISH TABLOID??? When have they EVER been proven true, about ANYTHING?!?!

Cher can’t even move her face. There’s NO WAY this is even in the realm of possibly being true. Just ignore this story.

21. Scott - August 31, 2008

Re: (#18) – Not to sound like a hater — I liked DK well enough — but I’m with you and the Japanese, Andy. So is my 14 year-old son.

Dark and brooding seems to be working out fine for Batman, though. I just dread the execs thinking it has to work for every other superhero. I hope some can still look at the success of Iron Man and see that a lighter touch can bring in the warm bodies too.

Scott B. out.

22. mntrekfan - August 31, 2008

Have writers run out of ideas? Why so many ” revamps”? Redoing Highlander and poltergeist? Come on Hollywood!

23. Geno Z Heinlein - August 31, 2008

> HOW COME NO ONE IS REALIZING… …that the Catwoman/Cher rumor is coming from a BRITISH TABLOID???

Seconded, and three of the stories here are from the online toilet paper known as io9 (mistakenly called i09 throughout this article). This is the first trekmovie.com article that has made me consider pulling trekmovie from my RSS feed.

Please reconsider whether echoing every last rumor without any editorial control is good for your reputation.

24. DaveO - August 31, 2008

#22.

I don’t think writers have run out of ideas at all.

But the people that run hollywood aren’t writers, they’re business guys, investing upwards of a couple *hundred million* dollars in a picture.

And they gotta make that money back.

So they go with “known” and “safe.”

“It made money before, so let’s go with that.”

Sad, but those two words… (‘known’ and ‘safe’) … help me understand.

-Dave

25. Tony Whitehead - August 31, 2008

6. Boborci – August 31, 2008

I was wondering if Star Trek was shot traditionally on film or if the production was shot digitally for 3D. The new 3D processes have come a long way from the old red-blue glasses. What’s your take on this?

26. sean - August 31, 2008

The Cher thing is fake, plain and simple. It’s old news being recycled as new news. Next they’ll be saying Sean Young is in the running.

Katie Holmes, please don’t jinx Eli Stone. I like that show.

Glad to hear Chuck is getting a full season, it’s a great little show. Sad to hear Dimension has decided to suck the marrow dry by making sequels to Rob Zombie’s trainwreck Halloween update. (“I’ll add more layers and motivations for the killer, ya know, by making him white trash. Because I’m Rob Zombie, and boy do I have a beyond bizarre obsession with white trash!”)

27. Izbot - August 31, 2008

About Cher as catwoman:

This is obviously a joke. The British tabs are notorious for making this sort of bs up.

Nolan isn’t even talking about a sequel presently. Rubbish.

28. Andy Patterson - August 31, 2008

22

Redoing things in Hollywood is certainly not new. They’ve been retreading Dracula and Werewolf pictures for literally 60 something years but again,……(cue sound of broken record – which is a recurring mantra of mine evidently) but I’ve said the same thing about Robocop. And will keep saying it until I see it and am proven wrong. Which I don’t think will happen.

29. diabolk - August 31, 2008

There should be a smoldering sexual tension between Bruce and Selina, not a strained mother-son relationship. I am against this.

30. Jay - August 31, 2008

It has to be one of those incredible silly and stupid rumors that goes no where. From what’s been said Chris Nolan hasn’t even thought about the next Batman. The only way Cher would be even asked is if they brought back the dynamic duo of Joel Schmaucher and Akiva Goldsman.

31. Oregon Trek Geek - August 31, 2008

I’m with the Japanese on Dark Knight. I did think that Heath Ledger’s Joker was pretty cool and amazing (meaning really icky), and oscar-worthy…. but…. the movie was such a bummer. The Dark Knight was a little too dark for me…

32. TK - August 31, 2008

I think I’ve just confirmed my japanese heritage, I agree, DK was a tad too dark for me too… very well executed, but i wasn’t sure what the movie was trying to be. A drama? An action hero movie? I couldn’t take it too seriously as a drama, since it is set in a fictitious world. But, the interesting thing is, I loved Casino Royal, which was also broody compared to the other installments of JB films. In general I expect something fun and entertaining from a comic hero film. I wonder what STXI will be like…… 9 months to go? How are we going to amuse ourselves for the next 9 months…. if the original release date was kept, we would be saying, 3 months to go! Just imagine that!!!!

33. Boborci - August 31, 2008

South African Dude – August 31, 2008
#6.

You guys do amazing work.

Trek will be brilliant, and I also look forward to Transformers 2.

Then their’s Fringe. It like candy falling from the sky.

Off the record, do you think their’s a new star trek series somewhere in some pipeline, a hint of it?

A: The TV rights are actually owned by CBS, right Anthony? Surely they’ve got their eye on something!

34. Boborci - August 31, 2008

Tony Whitehead – August 31, 2008
6. Boborci – August 31, 2008

I was wondering if Star Trek was shot traditionally on film or if the production was shot digitally for 3D. The new 3D processes have come a long way from the old red-blue glasses. What’s your take on this?

A: Film. We toyed with the idea of going 3D for a minute.

35. SciFiMetalGirl - August 31, 2008

I find it pretty odd that Sarah Connor would be taking a “backseat” especially when the entire show is named after her!

36. richpit - August 31, 2008

Andy Patterson,

You’re not the only one. After seeing “The Dark Knight”, I didn’t think it was everything the post-Ledger-death hype said it was. It was good, but I liked the tone and feel of “Batman Begins” much better. Plus, Maggie Gylenhaal taking the place of pretty little Katie Holmes? Yuck! I’d rather they dressed up her brother in drag for the role.

37. alice cooper - August 31, 2008

The Chronicles of Riddick was RUBBISH!!! Why make more???

38. SPB - August 31, 2008

TWO THINGS:

1) Yes, THE DARK KNIGHT, while well-made, was thoroughly depressing. I caught a Saturday matinee and was in funk for the rest of the day.

2) More depressing than TDK is this bizarre assumption a lot of online chatters seem to have that Maggie Gyllenhaal is somehow unattractive. I always thought she looked fantastic. She’s not the cookie-cutter Hollywood type. It seems that some fanboys like to latch on to some unflattering photos to prove their point. Flame away if you will, but I found her to have an odd Lynda Carter-esque aura about her that I can’t put my finger on.

If she worked at your office and asked you out on a date, you’d be falling all over yourselves. But because she works in Hollywood and doesn’t look like Jenna Jameson, she’s considered “ugly.” THAT, to me, is depressing.

39. Beam Me Up - August 31, 2008

She was the worst part of TDK. I’m getting tired of these superhero shows that have to have some weak love interest for the superhero to save in the nick of time. They’ve been done. She was the weakest part of TDK, which was excellent.

40. Jeff - August 31, 2008

Vin Diesel was completely out of place in “Saving Private Ryan.” He looked and acted way too contemporary. I think Spielberg made a deal with someone to include him in the movie, but kill him off early.

41. SPB - August 31, 2008

#39 –

I’ll agree that the mandatory love interest angle of most superhero films has become a cliche, but you have to give Christopher Nolan & Co. credit for having the balls to, um, dispense with her. (I’m trying not to spoil it for the few remaining who haven’t seen it!)

(I also appreciate how Downey Jr. and Paltrow never really consummated their relationship in IRON MAN. Both films tried to breathe new life into the “superhero girlfriend” angle, at least.)

42. Beam Me Up - August 31, 2008

Yeah, Iron Man was great because it focused on IRON MAN. Not some girl that he has to rescue in the last 10 seconds. Iron Man was awesome.

I hope in the next Batman, there’s no love interest. Just hero and villain and a great story.

43. tk421 - August 31, 2008

Well I hope Fringe got re-edited to make it better than the steaming pile that was the pilot floating around online last month.

44. sean - August 31, 2008

All these complaints about Maggie G are really baffling. At least she’s a bonafide actress, with some actual chops. Katie Holmes was a black pit of blank expressions and faux fierceness in BB, so ANYONE would have been a welcome replacement. Besides, it’s not as though Rachel was a major character.

45. DirectorVFX - August 31, 2008

why is rottentomatoes.com saying they have the TrekIX movie plot?? Is this real???

46. Energize - August 31, 2008

RT would be lucky to have a website that has actual news.

47. starfleetmom - August 31, 2008

I want more Torchwood and Dr. Who NOW!
What’s with all this time off anyway? 2010 is even farther away than Star Trek ever was!

48. Zinc - August 31, 2008

I’m starting to get really interested in Fringe. Hope it’s good, I’d love another show to get into. Right now Lost is the only thing I watch with any real consistency.

Moon looks pretty cool. Love Sam Rockwell.

Another Riddick film? I say bring it on. Pitch Black was cool. CoR was dumb, but that ending kicked ass. And the video game they made was absolutely amazing. Seriously if there are any Xbox owners out there that haven’t played CoR: Escape from Butcher Bay, get it. One of the best single player FPS experiences I’ve ever had. Sadly though it’s not backwards compatible with the 360.

I’m still really psyched about Moffat taking over Doctor Who. His episodes are always excellent. Can’t wait.

Watchmen. If there’s anything I’m looking forward to more than Star Trek it’s probably this. Speaking of which, Bob, is it true you and Alex did an uncredited rewrite on the Watchmen screenplay? I seem to remember reading that rumor.

49. Boborci - August 31, 2008

Zinc – August 31, 2008

Watchmen. If there’s anything I’m looking forward to more than Star Trek it’s probably this. Speaking of which, Bob, is it true you and Alex did an uncredited rewrite on the Watchmen screenplay? I seem to remember reading that rumor.

A: Yeah, we did the final rewrite.

50. Energize - August 31, 2008

Anyone see the NEW trailer for the Star Wars Clone Wars cartoon? It was just on CN. Pretty cool. General Grievous is in it, and a Death Star style laser.

51. Sir Martman - August 31, 2008

RE, 6. Boborci – August 31, 2008

Cheers mate, nice to hear from you,,

can you please please say hello to a great freind of mine, his gamming name is “Spirit Chaser” and hes a total Transformers fan !

( cant wait to see your movies )

thanks

:-)

52. Zinc - August 31, 2008

#49 Boborci

That’s so cool. I’m even more confident it’ll be great now. Thanks.

53. Thomas - August 31, 2008

If they ever do a Doctor Who movie, I hope it’s good and gets a DVD release here in America, because I have thought about this a lot myself recently, and as good as it could be, I just don’t see one being popular here in the U.S. It has not established itself in the American mindset the way Trek and Star Wars have.

54. Izbot - August 31, 2008

49. Boborci –
“A: Yeah, we did the final rewrite.” [on Watchmen]

This is probably the best news I’ve read today. I was hooked on Watchmen the day that first issue hit the newsstands in 1987. It remains one of my top five favorite comics of all time. I’ve wished for a film version for two decades but given Hollywood’s rotten track record translating Alan Moore’s works to film I’ve been apprehensive of how this one will turn out. But the ‘buzz’ around it has been overwhelmingly positive and the pics I’ve seen have me excited. Now knowing our new Trek writers did the final polish on the script has me thrilled! If you folks wow me with Watchmen I know the new Trek movie will be great!

55. The Vulcanista - August 31, 2008

Waitaminnit.

Tina Fey can’t be out making movies. She’s running for vice president.

Oh, wait….

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

56. British Naval Dude - August 31, 2008

arrrr…

Re-vamp o’ Highlander? Uhhhhh… think that’s gone as farrrrr as it can…

Unless…

Coming Summer 2010…

Fur hundreds o’ years he has faced down tha’ change o’ history and tha’ enemies that would take his own head… but he’s spent so much time time thinkin’ wit’ another head that now he has no choice but ta’ go inta’ sex-addicted re-hab so he can focus on tha’ proper “quickening”…

David Duck-ovney is… Tha’ High-layer…

“I’ve waited 200 years for a cure… and finally there’s Valtrex. Now I can go hack off Roger Moore’s noggin (Connery being retired and all).”

Oh- Not fur kiddies, mind ya’…

Arrrrrrr…

57. Andy Patterson - August 31, 2008

Labor Day weekend. Saw my Mom,….I was right. Confronted her and she laid some real deep revelations on me. Evidently I do have some Japanese blood

58. Marian Ciobanu - September 1, 2008

- Hey , i want to see that guy with hat from WATCHMEN in STAR TREK …as the new enemy from another distant galaxy… : D

59. Charles Trotter - September 1, 2008

#49. Boborci — “Yeah, we did the final rewrite.”

Any chance you and Mr. Kurtzman will receive final screenplay credit for Watchmen? Would be awesome!

60. CmdrR - September 1, 2008

Vulcanista — She’s doing both.
“Geek” magazine says “Tina Fey is Smarter than You Deal with It.” And really, who would argue with “Geek” magazine??

(Actually, that title alone puts Tina Fey on my WAY overrated list.

61. The Doc - September 1, 2008

#47

Torchwood will have the five episodes in 2009. Also, Doctor Who will have the Christmas specials in both 2008 and 2009 plus three other specials in 2009 before returning with a full slate of episodes in 2010. It isn’t like there won’t be anything until 2010. I know it isn’t as much as we are used to. But, we could go back to the way it was from 1990-1995 and 1997-2004. I wouldn’t want to. But, just be glad we have what we have.

62. sean - September 1, 2008

#61

Worse yet, we could go back to 1996 and that abysmal movie with Eric Roberts!

63. DFG333 - September 1, 2008

When you think originally Torchwood was an anagram of Dr Who because they were trying keep the come back of this brilliant series secret and then it turned into it’s own series. I love Torchwood, Dr Who.

Cool Red Dwarf coming back.

But what I’m really looking forward to is Heroes right now.

64. The Vulcanista - September 1, 2008

#63

21 days and counting …

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

65. Dierna - September 1, 2008

Wow..that’s a funky concept. McKidd will be the first actual Scottish person to play Highlander! Connor was played by a French-American while Duncan was played by a Italian-Brit! Sure there was Sean Connery but he played a Spaniard of all things.

66. Platitude - September 1, 2008

No way Cher is being considered for Catwoman. Has to be bogus.

67. Harry Ballz - September 2, 2008

Good!

68. The Underpants Monster - September 2, 2008

>>Katie Holmes was a black pit of blank expressions and faux fierceness in BB,<<

For my money, that entire MOVIE was a black pit of blank expression and faux fierceness, so I guess it works.

69. adarkknight - September 2, 2008

i cannot believe that so many people believe this story about Cher being cast as catwoman. o….m…..g…..it is totally bs, people! its been confirmed all over the place….and, btw, that london paper that reported it has about the same credibility as the national enquirer. so, no worries bat-nolan fans….were not getting cher OR catwoman in the next one, as confirmed by David Goyer and Jonah Nolan. it would be a huge mistake to use catwoman, because, in case no one noticed, in almost every single story that catwoman is in she is either #1: not the main villain, but instead just a burglar love interest or #2: working WITH batman….which is just stupid, cuz batman would never work with the bad guy. man, now i gotta go see The Dark Knight again……BEST. MOVIE. EVER

70. sean - September 2, 2008

#68

To each their own, though I couldn’t disagree with you more.

71. Bob Tompkins - September 2, 2008

Great poll this time [I love to comment on those].

The one and only way that a moneyless economy can come about is with the breakthrough development of very cheap -or even free- energy, be it zero-point or cold fusion or whatever.

And then it will only work if the developers allow it to be free for everyone.

Say a simple method for cold fusion pops into existence.
Mobil, Exxon, the Middle East oil barons, GM et al and a certain number of the Status Quo political bent will do everything you can imagine [and maybe some things you couldn’t] to make sure the technology is stillborn and stays hidden for a long, long time. If the wealthy’s stranglehold on worldwide power is threatened, imagine the consequences for the poor schnook who makes the discovery.
When it comes to those who hold the power, I am a cynical person and I will remain that way until something really grand like this breakthrough happens to change my outlook.

72. Scifigirl - September 4, 2008

5 – South African Dude

“Cher is an icon, but she’s no oscar winning actress.”

She actually is. She won an Oscar for Best Actress back in 1988 for her role in Moonstruck.

73. Scifigirl - September 4, 2008

# 37 –

“The Chronicles of Riddick was RUBBISH!!!”

Maybe to you but there’s a whole lot of people who actually really liked it, believe it or not. No one is asking YOU to go see it.

74. Michael Xavier Maelstrom - September 6, 2008

1. Maggie Gyllenhaal nominally is lovely but her face did look like it was wax-melting in TDK. The makeup was overdone and caked on and the effect was borderline homely-ness.

(as opposed to holmes-ly-ness – Ed)

2. imo <— it was deliberate.

Perhaps it’s the amateur director in me, but I believe it was a deliberate aesthetic decision; that Nolan wanted to Katie-comparatively plain-Maggie-up in order to justify what he does with the character.

I’d explain what I mean more, but I can’t really do it without spoilers, and y’all probably smart-enough to know what I’m meaning to imply anyway.

Michael X Maelstrom.

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